Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Zoo of Worlds, part 1

In which there are lists

Yes, astonishingly, I have already finished editing another podcsat! This is a slightly oddball actual play, because this was ostensibly an exercise in testing the balance of the Beyond the Pit supplement and the Advanced Fighting Fantasy ruleset. Arthur bravely strung these together into something resembling a plot, so that we could go and kill random things.

This is a scenario dreamed up by Arthur, there are no spoilers here, so listen away as you please. As always, be aware that the podcast is not really family-friendly, if that sort of thing bothers you.

Some episodes feature teasers for upcoming actual plays, after the closing music. Just so you know.

Episode 1

The Episode

The actual character generation process is pretty simple, but having to explain the entire thing to everyone naturally extends it (and there is a certain amount of good-natured edition-warring from Dan). It's also a skills-based game with a fair number of lists for species, skills, special skills and spells, which of course makes for a lot of reading through lists and picking things.

To reduce your possible confusion, there is a certain amount of crossover from our Neverwinter Nights campaign and our AD&D campaign to come. Folt Slatebeard is an old ill-starred character of mine who died around five times a night, thanks to a mixture of a slightly frustrating game engine, my lack of skill, and a faulty internet connection. I feel like he got a much better deal this time around.

Copyright and suchlike

Beyond the Pit is copyright and/or trademark Arion Games, as far as I can tell. The podcast theme music is Vltava from Smetana's Má Vlast as taken from Wikimedia Commons under the CC0 licence. The episode intro is a mashup of the Funhouse theme with In The Hall of the Mountain King. The outro is One-Eyed Maestro, both by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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